Vital Ingredients to a Healthy Cooking Class at Vines Road!

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On Sunday 2nd August, Dave, Shelley, Julie, Sylvie, Karen and Rose spent their Sunday learning just how easy healthy cooking really is at the PB Lifestyles Full Health Cooking Class at Vines Road Community Centre!

We started the day making some delicious Peanut Butter and Caramel Bliss Balls – which normally only takes 10minutes but took a bit longer after everyone needed to try my home-made peanut butter!

We then moved onto a beautifully smokey Eggplant and Capsicum Dip which inspired everyone to go home and make it themselves and even try a different version using other vegetables like carrots and pumpkin!



It was then time to get stuck into making our lunch for the day! First up was my “Cheesy” Vegetable Gratin (which can be made vegan by taking out the bacon and parmesan).

dave chopping

Dave, carefully chopping.

cauliflower bechemal

Cauliflower “Cheese” Sauce (like a Bechamel)


Vegan (just take out the bacon) “Cheesy Vegetable Gratin”


Great students, paying attention!


Second course was Chicken and Pesto Zucchini Pasta! The pesto was a MASSIVE HIT with everyone, full of flavour and simple, staple ingredients.


Julie loves Zucchini Spaghetti!


Lunch is served!


Dessert was a Paleo Apple and Strawberry Crumble with whipped coconut cream. All participants were blown away by the deliciousness and ease of making whipped coconut cream, simply place the entire contents of a can of full fat coconut cream in a blender, blend for 30-40 seconds then place in a jar in the fridge for several hours. Voila! You have a lovely, firm coconut cream! You could add some vanilla bean/honey/ginger etc. if you like at the blending stage for other flavour.

Apple and Berry Crumble with Coconut Cream

Apple and Berry Crumble with Coconut Cream

someone thinks I'm funny

At least Shelley thinks I’m funny 😛

Karen’s big take-away from the day was about following recipes – you don’t always need to have all the ingredients – she learnt how to make exchanges for what she has in the fridge and pantry.

The VARIETY of uses for our vivacious vegetables was another big learning for Dave, Sylvie and Julie.

While Shelly and Rose loved the use of a blender to make coconut cream.

There were 2 resounding winners for ‘Favourite Dish of the Day”;

  1. Peanut Butter and Caramel Bliss Balls.
  2. Eggplant and Capsicum Dip.



Thanks so much to everyone who came, going by your responses I’ve achieved my mission of inspiring you to create some healthy meals that really are SIMPLE, EASY and DELICIOUS!


Why not attend your own Healthy Cooking Class?

See the dates below for upcoming PB Lifestyles classes. Book early to secure you place!

Also see more details on my Cooking Classes Page.

Friday 4th September:  Delightful Desserts      Click here for details, menu and to book!

Sunday 4th October:  Vivacious Vegetables      Click here for details, menu and to book!

Thursday 12th November:  Radical Raw Food      Click here for details, menu and to book!

Sunday 6th December:  Stay Healthy This Christmas Party Season      Click here for details, menu and to book!


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